For Jose Mourinho to right the ship at Stamford Bridge he’ll either need to inspire his under-performing stars to play much better or just get rid of them and bring in replacements who can do that instead. As the likelihood of Eden Hazard leaving Chelsea increases seemingly week-by-week, Mourinho will be under even more pressure to bring in a player of comparable talent – perhaps Thomas Muller – but may face significant obstacles in bring a superstar from a big-time club into the fold.
Here is the Chelsea transfer roundup from Thursday:
Jeremie Boga snubbed French club to sign for Chelsea
The Chelsea wonderkid revealed that he turned down Ligue 1 club Marseille to sign for the Blues. Boga has been solid while on loan to Stade Rennais and scored his first goal of the season last week against Reims. [Source: Le 10 Sport]
Thomas Muller not sure if he’ll get new deal with Bayern Munich
The Bundesliga superstar, who has been pursued heavily by Chelsea and Manchester United, has been frustrated by the lack of progress in extension talks. [Source: Goal]
Though he has an impressive 18 goals in 19 appearances between Bundesliga and the Champions League, he has been overshadowed by the scoring pace of Robert Lewandowki.
Branislav Ivanovic exit
The veteran defender has been linked with a move to Inter Milan as rumors of his impending departure from Stamford Bridge increase in volume. His contract with the club ends this coming summer, but he has seldom been used this season even as the team continues to struggle. [Source: ESPN]
Ivanovic has won two Premier League titles, three FA Cup crowns, the Champions League and the Europa League with Chelsea.
Hazard to Real Madrid
If Real Madrid Castilla manager Zinedine Zidane replaces Rafa Benitez and takes over at Real Madrid next season, Eden Hazard will be hotly pursued. Hazard’s relationship with Jose Mourinho has crumbled and he is believed to be on his way out. Zidane, meanwhile, has spoke glowingly about the reigning Premier League Player of the Season. [Source: Metro]
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